2011-2012 Bold Statements: Sixth Man of the Year - Brandon Bass
Random, right? If you really think about it, Bass makes sense. Kevin Garnett is getting limited minutes in this shortened season. With more games slated per week and more back-to-backs, Garnett may not even play every game. That leaves a lot more room for Bass to play in Doc’s system, which seems like a much better fit than in Orlando. Sure, he’ll get several starts with Garnett’s DNP’s, but he’ll still come off of the bench enough times to qualify for the 6th man award. I expect a big year from this guy.
Lamar Odom - The biggest reason why I don’t have Odom as my main pick as 6th man of the year is because rarely do players get back-to-back 6th Man of the Year awards. In spite of this, Odom will be great off the bench in Dallas. Odom is the type of player that can work with any team’s system, so expect him to have a good year. Problem is, though, that he’ll be sharing 6th man duties with Jason Terry.
James Harden - Harden was actually my favorite to win the 6th Man award, but I actually see him eventually getting the starting spot for the Thunder, thus making him ineligible for the award.
Dark Horse Candidate: Chuck Hayes
He’s back! After having heart troubles that showed up in his physicals, his contract was initially voided by the Kings. Luckily, he’s getting a second chance with the team, which makes me very happy. Hayes isn’t the type of player that jumps out to you in the boxscore, but he really helps his team with post defense and grabbing offensive rebounds. When I choose Hayes, this is a huuuuuge stretch. I just really like the guy.